Alvin Batiste, Sr. – November 7, 1932 – May 6, 2007

“Legendary Pioneer of Jazz”

Alvin Batiste is one of the most distinctive modern jazz clarinetists of his generation. A music master, composer, arranger, educator and performer, Batiste is best known for taking the music to the next level while at the same time, devoting his life to preparing the next generation of jazz musicians. He was a music pioneer who contributed to every music genre.

“Bat”, born in New Orleans in 1932, is among a few artists who have created a modern approach to improvising on the clarinet. One of his first of many accomplishments was being the first Black high school student to receive an invitation to perform with the New Orleans Philharmonic. Batiste performed Mozart’s Concerto with the orchestra. He later earned a Master’s degree of Music in clarinet performance and composition from Louisiana State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Southern University in Baton Rouge and is the author of a book entitled “The Root Progression System: The Fundamentals of African American Music.” read full bio

Kimberly “Kim” Carbo – August 29, 1960 – July 24, 2004

Born August 29, 1960, Kim graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She was an innovator, a leader, and an artistic force. For it was Kim who convinced the City of New Orleans to create its first office of Film and Video. She was a writer, poet, administrator, student and lover of music and film. She worked for two New Orleans mayors – Sidney Barthelemy and Marc H. Morial.

Her work brought jobs and boosted the tourism industry by showcasing New Orleans to the worldwide audience of music lovers. Kimberly facilitated the filming of Dead Man Walking, The Pelican Brief, Kingfish, Blaze, Interview with a Vampire, TNT’s The Big Easy, MTV’s Real World TV series and many other feature films, commercials and music videos. read full bio

Clyde Kerr, Jr. – 1943-2010

Trumpeter, composer and influential music teacher Clyde Kerr Jr., whose list of students included Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Irvin Mayfield, Christian Scott and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews died in August 2010. Born in 1943, he was a founding faculty member and led the trumpet department of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp every year until his death.

A native of Treme, graduate of St. Augustine High School and Xavier University, Kerr played with many national and local performers including the Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, The O’Jays, Tony Bennett, Jackie Wilson, Allen Toussaint, Nancy Wilson, Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. read full bio

Alice McKay – January 15, 1930 – May 2, 2013

Alice Buckner McKay was born in New Orleans on January 15, 1930. She attended high school at Gilbert Academy graduating in 1947.

Alice went on to learn x-ray technology under the tutorship of Dr. Richard Timpton. She passed the national board exam in the late 50’s and became one of the first black female x-ray technicians in the country. She worked at Flint Goodridge Hospital in New Orleans as the Chief Radiologic Technologist for many years. She was a member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and worked at Charity Hospital, as well. read full bio